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POVERTY IN KENYA: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEED FULFILLMENT, PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

2011, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Psychology.
Prior research has repeatedly documented the negative consequences of poverty on physical and mental health/well-being. One theory that may add to the understanding of these negative consequences is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. According to Maslow’s theory, an individual who is unable to satisfy a series of needs (e.g., physiological, safety, etc) will experience a void in their life and be unable to maximize their unique talents/abilities. This paper reports on the results of two studies that examine Maslow’s Hierarchy within the context of Kenya, Africa. Study One reports on the results of a secondary analysis, examining the relationships between need fulfillment, physical health, and mental well-being among a general population sample. Study Two reports on the results of a pilot study, investigating the relationships between need fulfillment and life satisfaction among a sample of women with disabilities (a population at greater risk for poverty). The results of these studies have implications for future research and development of intervention to assist those living in poverty.
Julie Cremeans-Smith, PhD (Advisor)
Brian Betz, PhD (Committee Member)
Kim Finer, PhD (Committee Member)
Leslie Heaphy, PhD (Committee Member)

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Williams, E. (2011). POVERTY IN KENYA: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEED FULFILLMENT, PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND MENTAL WELL-BEING. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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Williams, Evelyn. "POVERTY IN KENYA: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEED FULFILLMENT, PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND MENTAL WELL-BEING." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Kent State University, 2011. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 26 Apr 2015.

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Williams, Evelyn "POVERTY IN KENYA: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEED FULFILLMENT, PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND MENTAL WELL-BEING." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Kent State University, 2011. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

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